Tuesday, 23 February 2010

NYFW Autumn/Winter 2010. Suits.

A trend that was rife on the New York catwalks this season was the suit. Everyone had a new take on it, and noone more so than Alexander Wang whose collection was primarily made up of sexily deconstructed pinstriped numbers. His collection felt like a throwback to the 90s, maybe it was something to do with all the pinstripes and the grunge hair.

All the big girls walked for him (Natalia Vodianova, Freja Beha Erichsen, Natasha Poly, Karlie Kloss, Sasha Pivovorova, Agyness Deyn, Magdelena Frackowiak, Anja Rubik, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Anna Selezneva, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Iselin Steiro etc - trust me you'd recognise every last one of them) which made for an amazing show as always; he really is the It-designer everyone wants to walk for. Natalia Vodianova's appearance on Jonathan Ross last week proved that it pays off to walk for Wang as she appeared wearing the boots she wore in the show, presumably a gift from the designer, which don't hit shops until at least 6 months from now! Jealous.

I was a little bit disappointed in this collection, Alexander Wang is one of my absolute favourite contemporary designers and I always expect something cool and edgy from him. There is no doubt that he did breathe new life into the suit, arguably managing to make it fresh and sexy - and I understand that this is one of the key trends to look to next season - but honestly I would never wear a suit so a collection compromised almost wholly of suits seems a little uninteresting. However, I do love his very minimal use of colour which has been somewhat of a theme throughout his career - the colours he does go for are unusual and intriguing (mustards and maroons), and only subtly hinted at.

(this is by far my favourite one from Alexander Wang)

Other fun suits that caught my eye were:

(All 3 looks are AMAZING! Arguably my favourite take on the suit, very sexy and edgy. Love the skinny leather ties, the playfulness of the sheer fabric, skyscraper ankleboots, a tiny belted waist, thigh high hemlines juxtaposed with high necklines, sheer hold ups - perfect.)
Proenza Schouler

Charlotte Ronson
Diane von Furstenburg

(love this beige belted look)
Donna Karan New York

While others opted for a more classic approach:
(love love love this look, very Chanel-inspired)
Monique Lhullier

Michael Kors
Tommy Hilfiger

Ralph Lauren

Marc Jacobs

Yigal Azrouel

Suits promise to be a big trend for Autumn/Winter 2010 so be sure to take note. Following on from New York, plenty have already been seen in London and I bet there are many more to come in Paris - Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel alone are incredibly famous for them so I'm really excited to see what the French capital has to offer.

More soon.

All catwalk photos from Style.com

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